2009 Horse of the Year, and the immensely popular, Rachel Alexandra is doing “better than expected” despite a second (minor) surgical procedure performed this past Saturday according to a statement from owner Stonestreet Farm.
Veterinarians at Rood & Riddle in Lexington, Ky. have been closely monitoring the champion since she underwent abdominal surgery following foaling complications February 13
“As part of the continuous evaluation and monitoring that Rachel is receiving at Rood & Riddle, an abscess adjacent to her reproductive tract and rectum was found Saturday morning,” said Dr. Brett Woodie, in a statement released by Rood & Riddle.
The hospital reported “the abscess was drained successfully via a standing surgical procedure, throughout which Rachel’s vital signs remained normal. She came through the procedure well and was even able to graze this afternoon,” the statement said.
Dr. Brett Woodie, who performed the surgery, calls the recovery of the 7-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro “better than expected.”
Saturday’s procedure comes 26 days after Rachel Alexandra underwent a surgical procedure to repair a damaged area in her abdomin from complications of foaling a Bernardini filly on Feb 11.